October 31, 2008

Four Dead In Broward Car Accidents

As Florida Lawyers, we are sad to report that last evening was one of the deadliest in memory, as three different car accidents resulted in the wrongful deaths of four people. The collisions included an accident in which two vehicles erupted in flames.

The most tragic collision occurred overnight on the Sawgrass Expressway, west of Ft. Lauderdale, when, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a car driving the wrong way, collied with a pickup truck, killing both drivers. Workers closed the highway for four hours after the accident.

The highway patrol also responded to a deadly motorcycle accident on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, in which the driver allegedly lost control and struck the rear of a truck, and was ejected onto the highway.

Finally, the Town of Davie Police Department handled another late night single car accident on Flamingo Road in which the driver died.

We urge all drivers, particularly those driving in the late evening, to be extra vigilant. Having represented too many families who lost loved ones in similar accidents, we express our thoughts and condolences to the families involved in these losses.

October 24, 2008

Florida Lawyers Can Help Injured Workers Again

On behalf of Florida Lawyers, we are overjoyed to give some great news for workers injured in Florida. The Florida Supreme Court declared the Worker's Compensation Law, enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2003, to be ambiguous. finding that claimant's attorneys are entitled to recover a "reasonable” attorney’s fee. This decision will allow workers injured on the job in Florida to hire lawyers to assist them when their worker's compensation carrier fails to live up to their obligations to provide medical and lost wage benefits.

The prior law resulted in injured claimants having great difficulty pursuing claims to pursue desperately needed Workers’ Compensation benefits, when they were wrongfully delayed or denied. Those difficulties allowed many insurance companies to improperly treat the injured workers without fear of being sued. Now, carriers will have to think twice before denying or delaying an injured worker's rightful benefits.

We commend the Florida Supreme Court in stepping up to protect our injured workers. Considering the limitations of worker's compensation law, workers should not be barred from seeking assistance when their limited rights are denied.

October 16, 2008

Broward Sherrif Hopes to Prevent Deadly Car Accidents

On the heals of being informed that Ft. Lauderdale is one of the aggressive driving capitals of the State of Florida, in which too many people suffer wrongful deaths in car accidents, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced a law enforcement agreement which permits any police officer to cite aggressive drivers everywhere in Broward County. The hope is that such aggressive enforcement will prevent car accidents and save lives.

What makes this policy unique is that any police officer, even one outside of his jurisdiction, may issue such a citation. The focus of this enforcement are drivers who tailgate, put on their high beams, and speed to pass other motorist who are obeying the law.

As Florida Lawyers practicing personal injury law, we congratulate the Sheriff for his efforts and warn Florida motorists that, as stated by the Sheriff, "you are twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident in South Florida as you are in a homicide."

October 15, 2008

Car Accident in Ft. Lauderdale Results in Multiple Injuries

In an unusual series of circumstances, a multi-vehicle car accident, in which one of the cars collided with a Broward County Bus, forcing another one of the cars into a bus bench, resulting in injuries to seven people, who were taken to Broward General Hospital.

The early morning car accident which occurred at the intersection of U.S. 1 and 4th St. in Ft. Lauderdale, was apparently caused when the driver of one of the cars, ran a red light. The force of the impact unfortunately caused another vehicle to strike a bus bench, where a man was seated.

As Florida Accident Lawyers, we remind the public that even momentary lapses in judgment or attention behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, can put a series of events in motion, which can injure many harmless victims.